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Anti-anti-Communism
#1
I thought this was pretty interesting:

https://aeon.co/essays/the-merits-of-tak...ism-stance
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#2
You are correct to place a capital letter at the beginning of "Communism" in the title you wrote to this post, Odin, unlike the author of the article who does not. The implication of using a capital letter is to demonstrate that the so-called "communism" of the Soviet Union et al was nothing of the sort. I think I am correct to say that even the Soviet state did not describe itself as communist but as a Socialist state.
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#3
You're right, although I think the Soviet Union was itself rather confused about its own identity. The country was called the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.) but it was ruled by the Communist Party. It was neither socialist nor communist, and I'm not even sure if it was a republic :-)
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(Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:21:15 +0000, 09:21 PM)Odin Wrote: You're right, although I think the Soviet Union was itself rather confused about its own identity. The country was called the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.) but it was ruled by the Communist Party. It was neither socialist nor communist, and I'm not even sure if it was a republic :-)

Quite true. The USSR was a Socialist Republic ruled by a national Communist Party but was not socialist nor communist nor a republic (an entity of the people, i.e. those of no special status within society).

The Marxist Russian Social Democratic Labour Party [what a mouthful] only named itself the  All-Russian Communist Party in 1918 after seizing state power .

Marx Wrote:But the working class cannot simply lay hold of the ready-made state machinery, and wield it for its own purposes.

;-)
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